The Good The SDI iHome iH8 alarm clock radio allows you to wake to iPod songs or the radio; iPod charges while in dock. The iH8 includes line-in/line-out jacks; remote control; presets for radio stations; bass and treble controls; and gradual alarm/sleep volume. It's compatible with optional "expansion" bedside speaker, which provides better stereo separation for slightly improved sound.
The Bad Thin bass; love-it-or-hate-it design.
The Bottom Line If all you have is $100 to spend on an iPod speaker system, the iHome iH8 iPod clock radio is one of your better bets.
SDI iHome iH8
SDI iHome iH8 series
Editors' Note: As of December 2007, this product has been replaced by the iHome iH9, which offers an updated design and some feature upgrades for roughly the same price.
In 2006, SDI Technologies followed up on its original iHome iH5 iPod-compatible clock radio with the iH7BR, an enhanced version of the iH5 that carried a more expensive price tag ($150 list) and featured an expansion "bedside speaker" that provided better stereo separation for slightly improved sound. Now we have the iH8, which costs $50 less and is essentially an iH7BR minus the extra speaker and the USB slot for an iPod Shuffle.